Officers of the BLS

 

Dr. Rebecca Yahr - President

Becky Yahr studied botany at University of California, Davis, then worked as a field botanist for a few years and became enamoured of lichens sometime in the 1990s. She researched the association between fungi and their algae in lichens for her PhD at Duke University before moving to Scotland. Becky is now Lichenologist at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and her current work includes inventory work and species biology studies for conservation priority habitats in the UK in addition to teaching and outreach about lichens, biodiversity and conservation.

Contact by email on president@britishlichensociety.org.uk


Neil Sanderson - Vice President

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Dr. Paul Cannon - Past President and Chair of Data Committee

Paul Cannon has worked in fungal systematics for ore than half his life, moving over to the Dark Side after completing a PhD on legume classification. His early education at the Commonwealth Mycological Institute (subsequently IMI) included an appreciation that lichens are fungi too, and should be integrated into the overall fungal taxonomic scheme. Most of his professional life has involved studying leaf parasites, but he turned up at the BLS 50th Anniversary Meeting at Nettlecombe in 2008 and unwisely volunteered to become Editor of the Bulletin. The lichen “bug” rapidly took hold, and his current interests revolve around fieldwork, lichen imaging and web development. He now works at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Contact Paul Cannon 


Eluned Smith - Council Secretary

Contact by email on ehsbiol@hotmail.co.uk


Sandy Coppins - Communications Secretary

Contact by email on secretary@britishlichensociety.org.uk


John Skinner - Treasurer

Contact John Skinner or by email on treasurer@britishlichensociety.org.uk


Dr. Janet Simkin - Recording Scheme, Database and Website

Janet Simkin studied botany at Cambridge but her interest in lichens dates back even further, to a school project on churchyard lichens. She was distracted for a while by a career in software development before returning to academic life to research the ecology of the lichen-rich grasslands contaminated by lead mining. Now a freelance ecologist with a special interest in species-rich grasslands and plant communities, her work involves a fascinating but often confusing mix of research, surveys and teaching. In the BLS she has been involved in developing our database and website.

Contact Janet Simkin or by email on records@britishlichensociety.org.uk


Dr. Chris Ellis - Senior Editor of The Lichenologist

Chris Ellis is joint Senior Editor of The Lichenologist along with Leena Myllys (University of Helsinki). Chris was introduced to lichens through a postdoc working on lichen physiology with Peter Crittenden (University of Nottingham) and then trained on lichen diversity with Brian Coppins at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), where is now Head of Cryptogam Section and Co-ordinator for RBGE’s Scottish Conservation Science. Chris has particular interests in ecology and the response of lichens to environmental change.


Maxine Putnam - Bulletin Editor

Contact on bulletin@britishlichensociety.org.uk


Bryan Edwards - Conservation Officer and Chair of Conservation Committee

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Fay Newbery - Chair of Education and Promotions Committee

Fay Newbery studied botany as an undergraduate but left natural history to teach mathematics for a number of years. Returning later to plant science she studied for a Masters in Plant Diversity at the University of Reading which revived her interest in lichens. A PhD in plant pathology then followed and employment as a plant pathologist with the Royal Horticultural Society. Fay is now becoming interested in lichenicolous fungi which include the pathogens of the lichen world.

Contact Fay Newbery or by email on fay.newbery@btinternet.com


Steve Price – Field Meetings Secretary    

Steve Price worked as a nature reserves officer for Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. He first developed an interest in lichens to better understand some of the Peak District oak woodlands in his charge. A product of the Frank Dobson school of lichenology, Steve's interest in lichens developed further through contact with other experienced lichenologists in the BLS and soon became a passion. Steve is the lichen recorder for Derbyshire.

Contact Steve Price or by email on fieldmeetings@britishlichensociety.org.uk


Prof. Mark Seaward - Archivist and Mapping Recorder

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Theresa Greenaway - Librarian

Contact Theresa Greenaway or by email on theresagreenaway@btinternet.com


Richard Brinklow - Herbarium Curator

Contact Richard Brinklow or by email on herbarium@britishlichensociety.org.uk


Graham Boswell - Data Protection Officer

Contact Graham Boswell or by email on togooutdoors@hotmail.com